DEGAS, Edgar
(b. 1834, Paris, d. 1917, Paris)

Edmond Duranty

1879
Pastel and tempera, 101 x 100 cm
Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Louis Edmond Duranty (1833-1880) was a prolific French novelist and art critic. He supported the realist cause and later the Impressionists. He was a frequent visitor to the Café Guerbois group, which included Manet, at the centre of the group, and many writers and painters. Their vigorous debates provided Degas with an entirely new mental environment.

Degas was particularly close to Duranty, and painted a celebrated portrait of him in 1879.